The natural flush of cold air on your cheeks can be alluring — and yet too much skin redness during the winter months can be a bother.
Here are some tricks to keep skin redness to a minimum during chilly days, and allow your natural glow to shine like freshly fallen snow.
Cold weather and central heating can cause skin dryness which will appear red and irritated over time if moisture is not replaced. Don’t skimp, and consider using a heavier solution at night while you sleep when your skin does its most repair. We love homemade topical oils like Rosehip, Argan, and Almond Oil with a splash of skin soothing and oxygenating sea kelp extract.
This means both topically and in your consumption. Too much alcohol can be drying, contributing to redness. And you’d be surprised how often alcohol shows up as an ingredient in your beauty products. Read your labels, and choose products that don’t contain alcohol or have it lower on the list of ingredients.
Yes, even in winter! Just because the days are no longer hot and are occasionally greyer, the sun’s rays are still passing through our atmosphere. Also, snow is powerful at reflecting UV rays off its surface.
Minimize Spicy Foods in Your Diet
Avoid these as well as inflammatory foods such as refined sugars, flours, and vegetable oils like soy, corn, cottonseed, and grapeseed oil.
Limit Super-Hot Showers
Although it may feel great during the cold months, hot showers strip your skin of its natural moisture. Reduce the amount of time you spend under the hot stream and make sure to moisturize well after toweling off.
Calm Red Skin
Try essential oils, teas, and foods such as rose, licorice, cucumber, turmeric, and ginger. You can mix your own topical solutions or purchase products with these anti-inflammatory ingredients.
And, for the creative makeup artist within, you can use primers and powders with a green tint to help neutralize the appearance of redness on your face.